There are so many factors that can play a role in determining our results, performance and ultimately our success, but some factors matter more than others. We asked folks what they felt was the most important factor driving their success.

Leon Gomez | Private Chef / Caterer

Success has its complexity, it is a cocktail of effort, dedication, talent, skills, personality, motivation, faith, and the list goes on. To me, the success of “Chef Leon LLC” is that I understood that every client has its own needs, taste, personality and expectations. Some of them want to get to know you and interact with you, some have used this type of service before and some are first timers, and that makes a huge difference on how to approach the client, Read more>>

Julie Wohlberg | Certified Event Planner, Floral Designer

As with most entrepreneurs, launching your own brand, and beginning to sell your “widget,” comes with the challenges of defining just what makes that widget unique and to what audience it will be most useful or appealing. One of the biggest evolutions in an early startup’s life cycle is refining your product or service to better meet the needs of the audience that responds to it, considering the features, colors, brand modifications and details that will better refine your widget or brand to appeal to your archetypal consumer. Read more>>

Jaime Sturgis | CEO & Founder of Native Realty

Authenticity. If you do not believe in what you are selling, your customers wont either. I am born and raised in South Florida, hence the name of the company Native Realty. Growing up here, I have developed a deep appreciation for South Florida and truly believe its the greatest place to live, work and play. I have had a unique perspective on what South Florida has and also what we currently lack from a Retail, Restaurant and Hospitality perspective, which has allowed us to help design some of the most popular neighborhoods in South Florida through a handpicked roster of tenants. Read more>>

Belinda Niling Stohner | Professional Violinist

There is no ONE thing that makes any artist or musician successful. They’re all important because any number of things can neuter all of your hard work. I think you have to be very deliberate and intentional about your choices, to seize opportunities when they come up, and create or instigate them if there aren’t any. Grit and perseverance are arguably more important than raw talent. Read more>>

Apollo Fresh | Rap artist and Entrepreneur

Faith and a Growth mindset! No matter what happens i believe and keep learning and keep growing until my brand sees the results I am aiming for. I found out that my own personal growth and the growth of my business are often closely tied. The more i grow the more my business grows. I did and do anything I can to improve myself and my business wether its meditation or online courses. Read more>>

Flowers For The Culture | Crowned ReRe and Mr. Al Pete (host of the podcast)

The most important factor behind our success and the success of our brand is black joy and consistency. Consistency should be a given but showing up for our listeners gives us creditability. Also, attaching Black joy to any factor keeps us going. Read more>>

Yvonne Sayegh | Business Woman & Entrepreneur

Success comes after long days dealing with the uncertain, adapting to demands trends and clients expectations. Willing to give everything hing that we had, YSP Glow Lab started with the vision of running a profitable business in a foreign country by providing high-end aesthetician services in a caring, upscale, professional environment. Read more>>

Olivia Grace Meyer-Massey | Fashion Designer, Fashion Model, Beach Volleyball Coach & Councilwoman

One of my favorite quotes is “No one is you, and that is your superpower.” In today’s day and age, it is easy to fall into the comparison trap, where we measure our success and self-worth based on how well we compare to others. I think this is a dangerous trap to be in because when you are constantly comparing yourself to other people and their journeys, you are losing sight of what makes you and your journey special, unique and beautiful. No one on this planet is exactly like you, and no one’s life path is going to be identical to yours, so there is no sense in trying to be like anyone else. Read more>>

Angie Lassman | NBC6 Broadcast Meteorologist

The most important factor behind my personal success is simply perspective. Over the years, I’ve collected life experiences that have shifted my frame of mind time and time again. Many of those experiences have been challenging, difficult, sometimes joyful and oftentimes paralyzing. After enough of these moments, you learn to adapt your way of thinking to overcome whatever the roadblock is. Mental strength really knows no bounds and when it comes to my endeavors for success, I have utilized it to help overcome a variety of issues. Read more>>

Johnna Allen | Ceo and Founder Modern Girl Boss

The most important factor behind my success, is maintaining discipline on a daily basis and constantly reminding myself that the sacrifices you make today will pay off in the future. Becoming successful takes a lot sacrificing wants over needs to get you where you want to be. It’s all worth it Read more>>

Alexandra Shatokhina | Artist

I think the base of success is to give. Not get me wrong, I m about giving attention to projects, sharing your talent, make people around you involved. Let’s talk about sharing our time. When you invest the most important resource you always get something back. If you invest your time, knowledge, talent, love, connections and patient, you can get back much more than something. You can get back success. I believe that almost everyone can achieve success by given enough resources. Read more>>